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Betty’s Week

It’s great to be missed. When I delivered the papers Wednesday, just about everyone wanted to know if I was well and stated that they had missed me the preceding Wednesday. On my return trip from Dunn’s Store, about half-way back into the Valley, I heard my first gaggle of geese headed south for the winter. Had very little traffic, so I began looking for them and soon I spotted them flying across Hwy. 32 in the early rising sun. Not quiet as pretty as seeing them cross a full moon, but still pretty spectacular. Guess they got the message that all that cold air we got Friday and Saturday was on its way, so they got ahead of the wintery blast

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  I got to the nursing home in Batesville around four in the afternoon Thursday, parked the van and it didn’t move until I headed home at 8:30 Saturday night. I had taken in plenty of food, so I didn’t starve. However, I had not taken in clothes for Saturday—was so cold that I just put back on Friday’s outfit. Was thankful that I had not sweated and had not spilled any food.

  Had my soup and cornbread,  Larson’s grilled hamburger, chicken salad on a croissant (comes two to a package and one is plenty for a meal), ham and cheese sandwich, also from Larson’s deli, and fixings for salads, my cheese cake and first batch of holiday nuts and bolts. May  have gained a few pounds.

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  Heard great reports of the Christmas parade. J. C. always does a good job of organizing this event and it seems that floats and other units were very good this year. Woodland Hills’ float is parked in front of the church, so I got to see it. Was a good day for the parade, except it was really cold. During this time of year we usually have cold or rain and floats don’t fare well in the rain. Woodland Hills also gave out candy canes Saturday morning, an annual mission program for the church. This is well received and the few times I’ve been able to participate it has been a very rewarding experience.  So many want to donate money, and this is not a fund raiser. One driver threw a five dollar bill at one of the member’s feet and just drove off—since the driver was not known, the donation was placed in the Lottie Moon Mission Fund. 

  I did get home Sunday and was so happy to get to attend “A Water Valley Christmas Celebration 2016,” held in First Baptist Church. This beautiful musical featured the Water Valley Community Band and First Baptist Celebration Choir. The Ladies Ensemble, under the direction of Keith Morgan, sang an impressive Christmas medley. First Baptist’s Music Director, Erik Fearing, sang my favorite Christmas Hymn, “O Holy Night,” and it was beautiful—just  made my Christmas celebration complete. The Community Band, under the director of Butch Stevens, just gets better and better. They did an outstanding job of accompanying and also presented a wonderful concert. Also on the program was the First Baptist Praise Band; Lecia Bain, piano, Angie Hodge, keyboard; Garrett King, bass; Brandon Lang, acoustic guitar and marimba; Keith Morgan, drums; and Dr. G. R. Orndorff, electric guitar, who also providing wonderful Christmas music. Thanks to the First Baptist musicians and the Community Band for a most delightful  addition to the Christmas season.

  It was so good to visit with long-time friends, Ernie Aune, and Janice and Curtis Berry, now residents of Oxford, who were seated in the pew in front of me, along with Betty and Al Davis. Sammie Cobern and I held down one end of our pew and on the other end were friends, Shelia and Billy Flippin. There was excellent attendance—saw people from many of the churches in the Valley. We all appreciate First Baptist presenting this program at a time when we could attend without missing our evening services. We probably had 20 Woodland Hills members attending.

  Many area churches, including Woodland Hills, will have their special Christmas programs at the regular morning worship time Sunday, the 18th. However, there will be one program early in the afternoon. First United Methodist will have their program, beginning at 4:30—I’m hoping to make this one.

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  It’s hard to believe that Christmas day is a week and a half away. Also coming up next week is the shortest day of the  year and the official start of winter.

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  If we have not contacted you about a greeting ad in the annual Christmas Greeting Section, and you want to be  included, you still have time. Deadline is Friday, December 17. 

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